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Summit and Park county hotels become workforce housing

The Alpine Inn and Fairplay-Valiton Hotel will transform into transitional housing to help the local workforce.

SUMMIT COUNTY, Colo. — ummit County’s lack of workforce housing is an issue that cannot be solved overnight, and one that will take multiple partners and solutions to fix. Local leaders and business owners continue to identify potential short- and long-term strategies, and one of those is turning hotel spaces into long-term rentals.

This isn’t a new concept in the region. In nearby Eagle County, a hotel was converted into an apartment complex in 2018. Called The House, the property has 54 studio units that have about 300 square feet of space, including a living area, bathroom and kitchenette, according to the property’s website

Similar concepts are now making their way to Summit County.

> The video above is from a previous 9NEWS story about Frisco weighing an emergency declaration due to affordable housing. 

During a Summit Board of County Commissioners work session meeting June 15, Summit County Housing Director Jason Dietz outlined multiple strategies the county could use to help mitigate the affordable housing shortage, one of which included working with Alpine Inn in Frisco to lease its units.

Isabel Rawson is a manager of the Alpine Inn, which is owned by her father. Rawson said she and her father were aware of the critical housing need in the community and had already been thinking about ways they could use their property to be part of the solution.

>>> Read more at the Summit Daily.  

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